Music renaissance man Pharrell was preparing to give a speech for his record label, Columbia, early this morning when his Oscar nomination for the song “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 was announced by the Academy. But that speech might be a little tougher to prep for, given his reaction to the news. “Since I got the call, I’ve just been speechless,” Pharrell tells EW.
Pharrell is having a huge year — first his work on Robin Thicke’s hit “Blurred Lines,” and now an Oscar nod for “Happy.” So can he share the secret of making songs go viral?
“I didn’t know. You never know, you just know what feels good. Anyone that tells you that they know, then they’re either just super excited about it or they just have that instinct,” he says. “I typically don’t do that. I just stick with the feeling. I can confirm that it does feel really good to me, other than that you just don’t know. Sometimes the stars just have to align.”
Pharrell says it helps that his son, who is 5, is also a fan of the movie and the song. “It was really emotional for me to see my boy react the way he has to it, so the countless children that react the way that they do, it’s been great.”